The goal was to construct a new nation from scratch, pioneering representative democracy as a new form of government, while at the same time pioneering the uncharted American continent. Without foreign control, it was that initial unity that drove the United States forward.
He primarily wanted to stop the USSR from growing larger as it tried to do when it invaded Afghanistan in and to keep other non-Communist countries from becoming Communist. He disliked the decade-long Detente begun by President Nixon and continued by President Ford intended to ease relations with the Soviets.
The "window of vulnerability" was fast approaching, Reagan insisted, when Moscow would be able to launch a preemptive first strike against Washington and destroy the US nuclear defensive systems. For this reason, Reagan reasoned that the US needed to prepare its military defense systems for this onslaught.
He believed that only through military preparedness could the world achieve a stable peace. During Reagan's two administrations, the US military increased to unprecedented peacetime levels. The administration also spent billions of dollars on defense contracts to research and develop new weapons and military technology.
The military increased production of nuclear arms and deployed them throughout the Western world. The exorbitant amount of money Reagan spent on defense contributed to the enormous national deficit during the s.
The most notorious of the programs Reagan invested in was the Strategic Defense Initiative SDImore commonly known as the Star Wars program in reference to the popular s science fiction film trilogy. The SDI was designed to be a national defense network of missiles that could target and destroy any incoming enemy missiles before they reached the United States.
Unfortunately, Star Wars was mostly a fantasy—prototypes of the seek-and- destroy technology often failed the trial runs miserably. Many Americans also feared that Reagan's conservative, Cold War ideology would only lead to war. In, Americans rallied in New York City to press the administration to stop creating more nuclear weapons.
Reagan denounced these protestors as peace-loving "doves" and continued developing the US weapons arsenal. Reagan couldn't ignore these "doves" completely, however.
The political cost of ignoring millions of Americans was too great, especially for a first term president possibly seeking reelection.
Not surprisingly, these talks quickly failed because the language of the talks demanded that the USSR significantly reduce its nuclear arsenal, but allow the US to continue building its arsenal.
The surprise did come inthough, when Mikhail Gorbechev became the leader of the Soviet Union and actively sought both political and economic reform in the USSR as well as an easing of tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. For the first time since the beginning of the Cold War, a Soviet leader approached the United States to seriously discuss a possible peace.
This initiative took the Reagan administration completely by surprise, but Reagan quickly responded in kind. Numerous summits between top Soviet and American officials were held during Reagan's second term.
Eventually, even Gorbechev and President Reagan themselves sat together in both Washington and Moscow on a number of occasions to hammer out agreements. Many concessions were made on both sides: Gorbechev initiated so many reforms that within three or four years after Reagan left office, the Soviet Union collapsed and disintegrated into individual states, effectively ending the Cold War.Chapter 8.
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The French Revolution, and other foreign affairs triggered by it, also had an influence on American politics, but this influence was somewhat less than that of domestic affairs at the time. In , tremors of revolution occurred in France. Other allies like England and France didn’t register on Sunlight’s list.
And Israel, which already has huge U.S. political pull through domestic organizations, spent only $1, Meanwhile, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the well-connected pro-Israel group based in the United States, spent close to $3 million on lobbying last year.
Americans remain committed to a leading or major role for the U.S. in global affairs. However, younger adults and independents are more skeptical.
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